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post #1 of 30 Old 03-09-2009, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Ok guys im jsut looking for some tips and advice! I found a track about an hour away from where i live (http://www.jenningsgp.com/index.htm) and my buddy and i are insterested in try this track thing once! No jsut to let ya know i have never been on a track before nor have i ever done and clover leafe/cat n mouse illegal street racing. I do have all the necessary protective gear to get one one but after watching the daytona 200 by honda and the guy sliding into the wall gives me some chills ;P. I mean not that i will be flying like a pro through that track but im just looking for some general advice on what to do and not do due on a track and i guess want to look out for and how to handle my self thanks for all the advices ahead of time!!!
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http://www.ninja6zone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2817

just found this nice thread answered most of my questions if anyone would like to add any heads up from personal experience please due so!!
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Jennings is an awesome track imo. Even though the facilities are poor, the track is AWESOME! It's also known as a pretty technical track, even though there isn't much (if any) elevation change. There is tons or run-off at jennings, no worries about any walls. Just learn from the control riders and don't push too much. It's your first track day, learn the lines by following the control riders and ask them questions if you have any. Once you get the lines down, you can concentrate on other stuff like maintaining more corner speed, shift points, etc. Your first td you probably wont learn any shift points real well because your pace not be consistent etc, just focus on learning the track and ride at the speed at which you are comfortable and try to get slightly faster throughout the day.
BE PREDICTABLE. Maintain your lines and dont do anything unexpected. Hold your lines and dont brake where there isnt a turn etc.

bring lots of water too. it's freakin hot down there! and something to tie to your tent because it will blow away, the wind is brutal.

here's a write-up of one of my trips there:
http://www.ninja6zone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5460

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also, you're bound to see a crash or 5 while you're out in a session. Be sure to keep focused and look through the corner and not stare at the crash or you might be joining him!

if you get run off the track by someone else or if you take a little too much speed into a corner dont panic, run off if you need to and keep the bike up. Also, they'll tell you in the riders meeting if you run off in t13 do not re-enter cause it's a blind entry. Jennings has conveniently placed turn number signs and apex signs (meatballs) at all the turns, so "connect the dots" is good advice for you to get the race line down. If you get in a big group and it's frustrating you, just do a hot pit and find some open space.

when are you going? i'd love to go back down there soon, but i doubt i'll have the $$ until June.

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Great advice kahearn. Depending on the organization your day will be very structured as a beginner. I've only did my first one late last year. I remember feeling my heart beat out of my leathers at the staging lane. Just relax, ride at you own pace and hold your line. Every session you get smoother and more confindent. Oh and faster!

By days end, you'll have the time of your life!
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tx for all the advice Kyle, to be honest i dont ahve a set date yet for the track! I jsut got back from bikeweek last sunday and i am going on a cruise to bahamas next weekend so im broke as a joke I was looking at track prices and for 130$ for a day i probably will be putting it off for a month or two!!! Im jsut not sure how bad it is to go there during summer time as well its hot enough here as is!! But im pretty sure it will be late april or beginning of may (probablly even june since summer term payment for school is right around the corner ) before i go out classes are still in session so my time is very limited but semester is almost over and graduation is near but i will keep you posted on when i plan on making it out there it will probably be weekend!!! tx for all the advice again!!! I defenetly want to try the track at lease once!!!!
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You will have lots 'o fun. My advice is to start a "trackday fund" immediately. It's more addicting than crack!!

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You will have lots 'o fun. My advice is to start a "trackday fund" immediately. It's more addicting than crack!!
hahaha humm that sounds very addictive i dunno if i will be able to support all my habbits lol
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did my first track day/school at Virginia International Raceway. only had 1,000 miles experience under my belt. layed it down once and learned from that. no regrets and i am hooked for sure. returned to VIR and conquered turn 4!! going back a third time in May. and even have a trip payed for to go to Barber Motor Speedway. definitely more addicting than crack!!!
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Recommended Bike Prep(not required)
Remove all lighting fuses
Removal of coolant and replaced with water & water wetter
Tire weights taped
Kickstand removed (you will need a bike stand if this is performed)

Can somone explain what the deal is with replacing coolant with water & water wetter (whats a water wetter anyway?) and does this mean flushing out your cooler completly?
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Coolant is very slippery and difficult to clean up. Water wetter is basically treated water, see tech info. Flush out the system and use water wetter only. Reason being if you go down and coolant is everywhere it will take long to clean up stopping track time for everyone.
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Recommended Bike Prep(not required)
Remove all lighting fuses
Removal of coolant and replaced with water & water wetter
Tire weights taped
Kickstand removed (you will need a bike stand if this is performed)

Can somone explain what the deal is with replacing coolant with water & water wetter (whats a water wetter anyway?) and does this mean flushing out your cooler completly?
coolant is very slippery on the track and actually harder to clean up than oil. you need to drain coolant and flush clear water through. you can use water wetter or just straight water. recommend distilled water though.
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so ok i foudn this site

http://www.redlineoil.com/products_c...ubCategoryID=4

jsut to understand correctly i can use distilled water and jsut add the water wetter to it? Or would any of you recommend using the coolant with the watter wetter (link below)

http://www.redlineoil.com/products_c...bCategoryID=31

Even though jenning doesnt make you change your coolant i'd hate to be the noob that slid and had coolant go all over the track and piss everyone off!!!
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it's not a huge thang to replace the coolant. And it saves a lot of time if there were to be an incident...most orgs dont allow coolant for at least int and expert groups.

just flush the radiator and refill it with water+water wetter. You mix the water and a little water wetter before pouring it in. It tells how much wetter to add.

just be sure to remember to change it back to anti-freeze if you ride in the winter when it's below freezing temps.

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[QUOTE=kahearn;
just be sure to remember to change it back to anti-freeze if you ride in the winter when it's below freezing temps.[/QUOTE]

So I can keep water n waterwetter in the cooler through summer n won't have to change replace it till winter? Am I understanding this right?
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